Virginia Tech residence halls use a 24-hour electronic card access system, allowing only residents and their escorted guests to enter. Your Hokie Passport will only grant you access to your own residence hall. Any suspected unauthorized entry should be reported to hall staff or the Virginia Tech Police Department.
When you check in, you'll be issued keys for your room and mailbox. In some buildings, keys to suite doors and shower rooms are also issued. If you lose your keys, the locks will be changed at a cost to you. You should report lost keys immediately to your area office for replacement. Virginia state law prohibits the duplication of residence hall keys.
According to Virginia Tech Police, almost all thefts in the residence halls occur because a door was left unlocked. To keep you and your things safe, always remember to lock your door, even if you only leave for a moment. You should always carry your keys and your Hokie Passport when you leave your room.
If you become locked out of your room, resident advisors (R.A.) and house managers have access to master keys (staff members will only unlock the room to which you are assigned). More than three staff unlocks per semester may result in a judicial referral.
If your R.A. or house manager is not available, contact your area office or the Housing & Residence Life main office at 540- 231-6481. Housekeeping and maintenance staff members are not permitted to let residents into their rooms.